* Camry Retains Best-Selling Car In America
January 4, 2005 – Torrance, CA – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported total year-end sales of 2,060,049 vehicles, up 10.0 percent over 2003. While breaking its sales record for the ninth consecutive year, it was the first time in TMSï¿½ 47-year history it has reached sales of two million vehicles.
|“Our products have stimulated demand,” said Yukitoshi Funo, TMS president and CEO. “The sales milestone is a reflection on the acceptance of products as varied as Scion, Sienna and Prius.”
Camry became the best-selling car in America for the third year in a row and seventh time in the past eight years (1997-2000, 2002-2004), while the Lexus Division retained its crown as the best-selling luxury brand in America for the fifth consecutive year. With overall sales of 99,259 in 2004, Scion launched nationwide in June and was a significant contributor to the record sales year.
“The new year is brimming with both challenge and opportunity,” said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president and COO. “An improving U.S. economy is tempered by excess capacity; consumers will be the big winners.”
Total TMS sales for December were a best-ever 187,932, an increase of 18.0 percent over the same period last year.
The Toyota Division recorded best-ever year-end passenger-car sales of 965,091, an increase of 10.7 percent, and December sales of 82,210, up 33.1 percent. Camry led the way by posting year-end sales of 426,990, an increase of 3.0 percent. December sales for Camry reached 35,032 units, up 13.1 percent over last year. Corolla was the best-selling compact car in America with best-ever year-end sales of 333,161, an increase of 2.0 percent. December sales for Corolla were 26,408 units, up 29.0 over 2003.
The second-generation Prius gas-electric hybrid posted its best sales month ever with 6,287 units, an increase of 50.4 percent over the same period last year. Year-end Prius sales were a best-ever 53,991, up 118.5 percent over 2003.
Scion reported record December sales of 10,686 units, an increase of 700.8 percent. The Scion xB urban utility vehicle recorded a best-ever December with 3,827 units, up 326.0 percent, with year-end sales totaling 47,013, an increase of 575.6 percent over 2003. The tC sports coupe, in its sixth month of sales, had a strong December of 4,859 units sold, with year-end sales reaching 28,062 units. The xA subcompact posted a best-ever December with 2,000 units sold, an increase of 358.6 percent; xA year-end sales reached 24,184 units, up 508.4 from last year.
The Toyota Division recorded best-ever year-end light-truck sales with 807,031 units, an increase of 9.1 percent. Toyota Division light trucks also posted best-ever December sales of 73,241, up 7.2 percent over the same period last year. The Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) led the way with best-ever year-end sales of 133,077, up 10.4 percent, and record December sales of 12,391, an increase of 41.2. The 4Runner mid-size SUV posted December sales of 11,617, up 19.3 percent. Year-end 4Runner sales totaled 114,212, an increase of 4.1 percent over 2003.
Contributing to the light-truck sales record was the Tundra full-size pickup truck with best ever December sales of 11,720 units, up 22.6 percent. Best-ever year-end Tundra sales were 112,484 units, up 10.7 percent over last year. The Sienna van recorded its best-ever year-end sales of 159,119 units, up 50.3 percent over 2003. December sales of the Rav4 SUV reached 5,430 units, up 1.8 percent over 2003.
In addition to all-time best-ever sales, Lexus luxury utility vehicles enjoyed a record sales year, up 13.8 percent at 151,797 compared to 2003 totals of 132,935 units. The RX 330 was the luxury utility vehicle sales leader in 2004 with 106,531 units sold, an increase of 15 percent over the same period a year ago and the first Lexus to break 100,000 units in annual sales. The GX 470 mid-size luxury utility vehicle recorded annual sales of 35,420, a 12.5 percent increase over 2003.
The LX 470 premium luxury utility vehicle sold 9,846 units, a 6.8 percent increase over the previous year.
Sales of passenger cars also achieved all-time record breaking results with 136,130 units reported, an increase of 7 percent over 2003 sales of 126,820 units. The Lexus flagship LS 430 premium luxury sedan continues to be the segment leader with record sales of 32,272 units, up 34.6 percent over 2003. The ES 330 was the entry luxury sedan sales leader with 75,916 units sold, an increase of 15.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sell-down of the GS mid-luxury sports sedans continued on schedule with 8,262 units sold. The all-new 2006 GS 300 and GS 430 arrive at Lexus dealerships late next month with an official on-sale date of March 1.
Lexus also scored an all-time, best-ever December with 32,481 units sold. Record-breaking December luxury utility vehicle sales of 18,189 units, up 12.7 percent over last December, were ignited by all-time best-ever December sales of 12,367 RX 330 units.
The LX 470 was up 17.2 percent for the month, while the GX 470 mid-size luxury utility vehicle also enjoyed an all-time, best-ever month with 4,407 sales, up 12.2 percent over the same period last year.
December passenger car sales also achieved best-ever results of 14,292 units, an increase of 8.9 percent over the same period last year. For the month, the ES 330 sedan led the way with 8,496 units, an all-time, best-ever sales month, and a 21 percent increase over the same period last year. The SC 430 hardtop convertible sports coupe reported an 18.6 percent increase over last December and the LS 430 flagship sedan reported December sales of 3,460 units, a 7.9 percent increase over last year’s December.
Total TMS sales of North American-built vehicles totaled 1,297,900, representing 63.0 percent of total vehicles sold in 2004.
Credit: Toyota Motor Sales USA